Our next event
March 2019: 'Open Access: Who Pays?'
Thursday 28th March
Drinks from 6.30pm, talks begin at 7.00pm
Kennedy Room JHB308, John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes University
Free to OPuS members/£10 for non-members
Everyone has heard of open access, but how many of us really understand how it works?
Gold open access research now accounts for 20% of the world’s research output, and it’s growing – fast. At the same time, pressure from various stakeholders means publishing models are also evolving. What makes journals ‘compliant’? What about author choice? Where does the money come from, where does it end up, and why?
Join us as we discuss the drivers of open access in its wider context of open research, unpick the myriad deals and models made and implemented (or in some cases not) by publishers, and debate some of the movement’s potential limitations, alongside its benefits. Come along and join the discussion!
Register now on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-access-who-pays-tickets-57693292190
• Lucy Oates, Publisher, Open Access, OUP
• Miriam Maus, VP, Editorial Management, Wiley
• Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is sponsored by Westchester Publishing Services
OPuS AGM - 7th February 2019
Our AGM was held on Thursday February 7th ahead of our Audiobooks event - more details including the full minutes are available on the AGM section of the website.
February 2019: Audiobooks: The Saviours of publishing or just a good listen?
Our first event of 2019 was a fascinating look at the exponential growth of the audiobooks industry, with a varied and highly knowledgeable panel of speakers discussing their experiences and views of this rapidly changing sector.
The recent boom in audiobook sales is welcome news for the book industry and this sector is now said to be the fastest-growing area of consumer publishing. According to the PA, spending on audiobooks has more than doubled in the past five years, agents are reporting greater competition to retain audio rights when negotiating new deals, and some publishers are developing their own dedicated audiobook imprints.
Where does the industry go next? What should publishers be doing to capitalise on the opportunity and take advantage of the growing range of models and retail channels available for audio?
Our speakers (picture below with our event chair, James Harrison) were:
Jo Forshaw, Freelance Audiobook Publishing Expert
Having previously tinkered with audio as an agent, a retailer and then programmer for a wee radio station, Jo Forshaw ran the audio publishing team at HarperCollins until 2017. Taking HarperCollins from 80 titles a year to audio editions of pretty much every print title across HC via the infamous Total Audio project, Jo has overseen thousands of audiobooks, created partnerships with retailers and publishers and driven revenue up massively. Now a freelance consultant, she advises on everything audio, from strategy and programme planning and to casting and recording.
Catherine O'Brien, Chief Executive, Essential AudioBooks LLC (New York)
Essential Audiobooks was launched at the beginning of June 2016 and publishes audio editions of classic and modern literature as well as children's books. Working from their own studios to create audiobooks of the highest technical and artistic quality, their skilled and experienced narrators and producers bring the greatest classics of literature vividly to life, complete and unabridged, exactly as they were written by some of the world's finest authors.
Sylvia Vetta, Author
Sylvia is an Oxford-based author who has had an audiobook made of her first novel (by Essential Audiobooks) Brushstrokes in Time (Claret Press) and has a new book Sculpting the Elephant (Claret Press) due to be released in March 2019.
November 2018: Publishing in China - What's Next?
Our November speaker event, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes was a lively discussion about the future of the Chinese publishing industry – and what it means for the UK publishers who want to access it.
With a population of over 1.4 billion people, China is the biggest market in the world – and with the book market estimated at over £14 billion, this means big business for publishers. With the organisers of the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) reporting an increase of 30% in the number of publishing professionals attending this year, international publishers are clearly keen to get a piece of the action.
Our speakers were:
Angus Phillips, Head of the School of Arts and Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and The Confucius Institute, Oxford Brookes
James McCall, Visiting Lecturer and Professor in International Publishing at various Chinese universities and consultant to donor agencies and governments on textbook publishing policy
Su Yen Hu, Director of Snowflake Books, an Oxford-based independent publisher of children's books drawn from ancient Chinese fairy stories and legends, with full texts in English and Chinese
September 2018: Careers in 21st Century Publishing
Our September event was a lively and fascinating discussion about how to develop a career in the publishing sector - from getting entry level positions, to moving between different roles, to looking for opportunities outside of the traditional publishing company. Our trio of speakers, Ian Campsall (Elsevier), Aaron O’Dowling-Keane (Sherlock: The Game is Now) and Saskia Watts (Vitalsource/Ingram) - pictured below - had some great insights on skills building and career development, based on their own varied experiences of the industry - as well as touching on the importance of a healthy work-life balance.
Our amazing sponsors, Atwood Tate wrote a blog post where you can read more about the event: https://blog.atwoodtatepublishingjobs.co.uk/21st-century-publishing-careers-oxford/
August 2018: OPuS and SYP (Society of Young Publishers) Joint Summer Party
May 2018: Bookselling Today - Different Perspectives
March 2018: Securing Trust and Reliability in Scholarly Publishing
February 2018: Letting Books Be Books: Breaking Gender Barriers in Children's Publishing
December 2017: Eat, Drink and Be Merry Christmas Party with Bookmachine
November 2017: The Future of Illustrated Publishing
You can read more about the event on the Oxford Brookes Publishing blog: https://publishing.brookes.ac.uk/blog/article/the_future_of_illustrated_publishing/